Name: Black Lagoon
Genre: Action, Sienen
Producer: Jun Nishimura, Mitsutoshi Ogura, Junya Okamoto
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Original Airtime: April 9, 2006 – June 25, 2006/October 3, 2006 – December 19, 2006/June 27, 2010 – June 22, 2011
Black Lagoon follows Okajima Rokuro, a normal Japanese businessman who lives just like an ordinary person and always there at the beck and call of his master. However, one day he gets hijacked when he was about to deliver a CD containing classified data. The hijacker was female mercenary named Revy. Suddenly his life takes a drastic twist.
The story is really good. It is episodic but at the same time has a sequence to it. Unlike Trigun or cowboy Bebop this anime is far more related to violence and action and rarely ventures the other sides. Plot twists are not actually the strongest point of the series. After watching a few episodes you will become used to on how the story will probably pan out. However, that does not mean there are zero surprises. The pacing of the story is really good. There are no pacing issues.
The characters are the strongest points of Black Lagoon. Revy arguably is the most badass female character in the anime world. She is foul mouthed, lacks delicacy, non-diplomatic, action lover and lacks the feminine softness of a woman, and that is what makes her such a unique character. She stays almost the same throughout the series although she built up some tsundere characteristics towards the later stages of the series. Rokuro or Rock, as named by Revy, is just an average guy who got caught up in a big mess. He is probably the only character who showed some significant development. For someone who is so soft-spoken and gentle, he really turns into a serious fighter and his personality becomes far more dangerous. May be Revy’s personality rubbed off on him. Dutch is another pivotal character of the series. He is not the type to talk big like Revy or Rokuro but he definitely packs a punch and not to mention he really kicks some ass. That leaves us with Benny another main character of the series. Probably the only person out of the pack who has some decency. All the characters of the show are lovable and unique.
Here are some notable characters from the anime:
The visuals are really good. The drawings are great. They didn’t make it complicated. However, the coloring seems shabby. This is something that needs to be overlooked since it is a pretty old anime. Overall Madhouse did a great job as usual with Black Lagoon. They never seem to let us down when it comes to animation.
Here are some screenshots from the anime:
The music in Black Lagoon is really good. The opening theme, ‘Red Fraction’ by MELL alone will make you spellbound. Rock/heavy music is used throughout the series. Not unsurprising considering the premises of the show. Being a rock music enthusiast Senpai loves all the soundtracks.
Black Lagoon is a highly entertaining show unless you hate the seinen genre. Being a seinen show, the anime obviously is filled with badmouthing, violence and occasional nudity. But that’s just personal preference. If you are not picky then this is one gem of a show everyone must watch.
When we talk about anime involving gunslingers the names that come to our mind are Trigun, Hellsing, Cowboy Bebop or Black Cat. Black Lagoon often gets overlooked. Give this anime a go, I am sure your list of gunslingers will change once you see Revy. This is one of the first few anime that I watched and I absolutely fell in love. Black Lagoon is a really great show and you’ll love it.